Demi Lovato is the latest victim of our “woke” culture.
Lovato wrote in a since-deleted post she is “extremely frustrated” after seeing social media users criticize her for her recent trip to Israel, where she was baptized in the Jordan River.
The 27-year-old entertainer, who was hospitalized last summer after suffering a severe drug overdose, documented her journey to the Holy Land on Instagram, sharing photos of her baptism. Lovato said she has “never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God.”
“I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors,” Lovato wrote of her trip. “When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes.”
While plenty of users readily congratulated Lovato on her baptism and showed support for her trip to Israel, there were others who shamed and bullied the “Sober” singer into apologizing for what should be a praiseworthy trip.
But because our “woke” culture elevates politics above all else and redefines tolerance as gushing acceptance, there was no way Lovato could travel to Israel without becoming a pariah. She traveled to the small country for a spiritual experience, but it was instantly perverted into a political statement in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Unfortunately, Lovato kowtowed to the pressure.
“I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts,” Lovato explained. “No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone; that was not my intention.”
As a result of the pressure Lovato faced, her authentic spiritual experience was overshadowed by the secular religion of wokeness.
Lovato admitted she had been missing her connection with God “for a few years” and said her baptism in the Jordan River left her feeling “renewed.” But in the face of her offense against wokeness, none of it mattered: she had to apologize for her trip.
Really, her experience had nothing to do with politics. But we live in a society that encourages our politics to bend our theology rather than letting our faith inform our politics.
I’m glad Lovato deleted the apology post, because she has nothing to apologize for. She’s just a victim of a “woke” — and, ironically, increasingly close-minded — culture.